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ATI heats up the gfx scene with "Crossfire" at Computex

ATI heats up the gfx scene with "Crossfire" at Computex news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages
By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards News | Posted: May 31, 2005 2:01 pm

Today the doors have opened to the largest yearly computing hardware event, that of "Computex" in Taipei (Taiwan). Anandtech have some pre-show coverage to give us a taste of whats to come in the way of the latest and greatest.


But better yet, Mr Tweak himself along with another member of our team are already scooping up all the goodies and delivering content live. You'll see our dedicated Computex section added to the top-most area of the TT front page which we're updating frequently so be sure to keep checking back regularly for all the hot action.



Set to have made an appearance at the event with a bang, ATI have one of the biggest surprises for the graphics card scene as they finally give response to NVIDIA's well embedded SLI market. Today marks the launch of "Crossfire", ATI's form of SLI. Alongside the official announcement made just a short while ago, our Computex team have been busy gathering up a bunch of eye-candy and benchmarking figures for you all which you'll witness in our latest article as we get caught in the crossfire.


There is also stacks of other sites around the globe with more previewed goodness on ATI's Crossfire, as per the below linkies:-


- Beyond3D
- PCPerspective
- Tech Report
- TBreak
- Hot Hardware
- Neoseeker
- Anandtech
- Hexus
- HardOCP
- FiringSquad
- AMDZone
- Digit-Life
- Viperlair
- XBit Labs


I'll throw more up as they come to be folks.


Also according to zee Inquirer, Crossfire's already leaving NVIDIA's SLI with a little to be desired it seems.. a lil' competition never hurt noone eh?! Thats what keeps pushing technology forward afterall.


IT'S TIME TO talk about some numbers referred to ATI crossfire Multi VPU systems. We can only used ATI own reference performance numbers seen in a document that it got in its labs. ATI claims that its Crossfire will be compatible with all games. All games should get performance increase while this should not be the case with Nvidia SLI platform.


Compared with two 6800 Ultra in SLI, ATI's Crossfire should end up about 10 per cent faster in 3Dmark05 benchmark, about 30 percent in Splinter cell C.T game and more than 60 percent in Need For Speed Underground 2 game. ATI is talking about results gathered from testing SLI and Crossfire platforms on 1600x1200 resolution, with 4X FSAA and 8X aniso, Athlon 64, 1GB DDR 400 memory, RD480 motherboard with 8.151 driver. ATI used two X850 XT Crossfire cards versus Asus SLI Deluxe board, 71.89 drivers, and two 6800 Ultra cards in SLI.


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